New York in the 70s

New York in the 70s

Allan Tannenbaum
Overlook Duckworth

Allan Tannenbaum’s career spans the vagaries of what it meant to be in New York in the 1970s – a city very different from the glisten­ing gentrification of today’s Manhattan. The book showcases burnt-out abandoned cars, fire-gutted brownstones with their distinct fire escapes crawling up their sides, gay rights protests and battered subway cars, alongside the city’s cynical art scene and avant-garde theatre.

Photographs of the city’s needy are heart-breaking, with one redundant worker’s vacant stare reaching out to Tannenbaum, as a translucent ghost of a man. The works lapse from such social observations to portraiture of the city’s movers and shakers, from Blondie to Andy Warhol, The Rolling Stones to Jasper Johns, with a multitude of social vagrants, protesters and eccentrics in between.

With a forward by Yoko Ono, the book explores the city she adopted for creativity and protest and encompasses New York’s beautiful varieties in between, presenting a fascinating insight into an era falling apart on the edges, and partying at its core.

Ruby Beesley